FAQs about Dental Implants

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Are you currently dealing with the effects of tooth loss? If so, then you need to learn about dental implants! Here at our office in Pittsburgh, PA, your dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, has seen and treated it all—with two degrees, one in dentistry and one in mechanical engineering, he offers his patient's the advantage of precise measurement and placement of dental implants. Read on to learn what this amazing restorative treatment can do for you!

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a metal post that is placed into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Often made from titanium, this artificial tooth root can support one or more false teeth.

How does an implant work?

As we mentioned above, an implant is often made from titanium, not only because of its durability, but also because of its biocompatibility (a term that means the body won’t reject the implant when it’s placed in the jaw). As the jawbone grows around the implant, it will permanently lock the restoration down to prevent it from moving. As a result, you will now have a long-lasting tooth replacement that rarely, if ever, needs to be replaced.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

Most adults who are otherwise healthy but dealing with tooth loss can often benefit from receiving dental implants. However, you will first need to visit our Pittsburgh restorative dentist for a consultation so that we can examine your mouth and determine whether implants are right for you.

How long will it take to get a dental implant?

This will depend on several factors including how quickly your mouth heals from surgery. It will take at least 3 months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. While it is possible to get a dental implant in as little as 6 months, it’s normal for the entire process to take a year to complete.

How long does an implant last?

One major reason why so many people are turning to implants to replace their missing teeth is because the treatment has the ability to last for several decades. While the crown may need to be replaced every decade or so, the implant itself will never need to be replaced as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and know how to properly maintain your artificial tooth.

Interested? Give us a call!

If you are interested in getting dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out if implants are right for you. Call us today at (724) 719-2866!